From French fébrifuge, from Latin febris (“fever”) + fugāre (“to drive away”).
febrifuge (plural febrifuges)
- An antipyretic (fever-reducing) medication.
1734, William Stukeley, Of the Gout, J. Roberts, page 19:
- ...therein it differs not from the mode of operation, which we observe in the famous peruvian febrifuge.
- 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1131:
- And, by goodness, the door was ajar into the hall, for Constance had slipped out to the nearest pharmacy in search of a febrifuge for her fever-bound lover.